Surflight Theatre’s 2019 Holiday Show Has a Hometown Feel

By Rick Mellerup | Dec 02, 2019

Beach Haven — Surflight Theatre’s holiday show for 2019, “’Tis the Season,” opens this week. It will be performed at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15 and at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14. According to Surflight Producing Artistic Director Steve Steiner, “’Tis the Season” is “really about holiday traditions.”

A traditional resort that has seen better days is slated to be sold to an entertainment company that plans on turning it into a glitzy, highly commercialized place. But over the course of the musical, the folks associated with the old joint realize it is a valued part of the community, a landmark associated with decades of fond memories, and they have a change of heart.

The story, written by longtime Surflight associate Andrew Foote, may remind some theatergoers of the Surflight itself a few years ago when it was shuttered due to bankruptcy and developers were making plans to replace the theater with condos, etc., the Surflight complex being located on a prime piece of Beach Haven real estate.

The show’s song list includes many a holiday favorite arranged by Steiner, such as “Happy Holidays,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “I Believe in Father Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Mr. Santa,” “Inconvenient Christmas” and a “Bell Medley” that includes “Carol of the Bells,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silver Bells” and “Ring the Christmas Bells.” Also included is “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” known more familiarly as “The Chipmunk Song” (with Alvin singing, “Me, I want a Hula-Hoop”).

It is far from the first time Foote and Steiner have worked together to produce a Surflight original holiday show. Their latest effort before “’Tis the Season” was 2017’s “Home for the Holidays,” which was both a critical and box office success.

Look for a review of the show in the Dec. 11 SandPaper.

Tickets are $39 for adults and $29 for children 12 years of age and younger. They may be purchased online at surflight.org, by phone at 609-492-9477 or at the door at 201 Engleside Ave., although that last option could result in your being shut out, especially for popular matinee performances. —R.M.

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